• Homeschooling 101: High School

    I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling through highschool.   Homeschooling through the upper grades can be an overwhelming and intimidating thought that can create alarm in some of the most relaxed homeschooling parents. So I … [Read More...]

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    Heidi Unit Study

    Hi everyone! Looking for some fun summer reading to keep your kiddos from being bored? Heidi is a wonderful story for all to enjoy!   Story Summary: Meet Heidi, the spunky young lady who lives with her grandfather in the open air and sunshine of the Swiss Alps. But it’s not all fun … [Read More...]

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    Summer Vacation 2014

    It’s that time of year where there’s an abundance of… hot summer days… cool swimming pools… warm summer evenings with iced tea and a porch swing… amazing sunsets… time to relax, refresh, and remember… and that’s exactly what we’re doing this week.   We’ll be enjoying some amazing … [Read More...]

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    The Prince and the Pauper Unit Study

    Looking for some fun summer reading? The Prince and the Pauper unit study is a perfect way to add in some reading fun!   Story Summary: The Prince and the Pauper is a charming story of two boys who look remarkably alike, but lead two very different lives! Edward is heir to the … [Read More...]

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    It’s 7/11 FREE SLURPEE DAY!

    What better way to end my summer activities series than sharing that today is… 7/11 FREE SLURPEE DAY! For those of you who don’t know, on July 11th, the 7/11 convenience stores give out free kids size Slurpee's all day! This photo is from a couple of years ago, but rest assured we’ll be … [Read More...]

JUL
01
2014

LEGO Education Land Yacht

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Hi everyone, it’s been a bit since I’ve shared what our boys LEGO Education co-op is doing, so I thought I’d give you all an update. This week’s assignment was to create a “land yacht” using the gear skills they’ve learned mixed with some of the wind mill creations they’ve made recently to create a wind powered vehicle that can cross on land.   With this assignment the boys created a few variations of propellers and then discussed which worked out the best and why.   there were a couple of boys missing so Strawberry Shortcake and Tinker Bell were able to fill in for them. They had a great time and enjoyed participating.   Here is a close up of Strawberry Shortcake’s machine…she had a sail type wind powered car.     tinker Bell was the “wind source” for the group that day. Each one got to run their machine using a hair dryer to create some wind. They all discussed which ones went farthest, fastest, and smoothest and why.   I’ll share … [Read more...]

JUN
30
2014

Homeschooling 101: Kindergarten & Elementary

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling kindergarten and elementary level students.   Make it fun! Elementary years can be an exciting time. Students at this age are eager to learn new things, but might also start to become reluctant when things start to get harder. With homeschooling you have the flexibility to take subjects that might otherwise be somewhat boring, and turn them into hands-on type activities that make the learning process much more exciting and memorable. Now that your student has entered into elementary school, you will need to check with your state laws regarding curriculum, subject requirements, testing, and any other regulations that might be relevant to your area. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take the opportunity to make it fun. With a little bit of planning, you can add in relevant hands on projects, lap booking, note booking, field trips, science experiments, and anything else … [Read more...]

JUN
29
2014

Moby Dick Literature Unit and Lapbook

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Hi everyone! I have another fun Literature Unit Study and Lapbook for you today. This one is on the classic Moby Dick. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: Ishmael is a sailor seeking adventure, and he comes upon the Pequod and it’s one-legged captain. Moby Dick follows the thrills and dangerous adventures as the crew searches for riches and for the infamous Moby Dick. Set sail with Captain Ahab as he searches for the great white whale! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Moby Dick Classic Starts version as retold from the Herman Melville original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the units using any version you choose. Watch my Moby Dick Lapbook Video to see more … [Read more...]

JUN
25
2014

July 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

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We’re in full swing of summer and enjoying every minute of it! I have to say it’s been a little hectic though so I’m still wondering when the actual relaxation part of summer will hit! Since I don’t like to have to think a lot during summer time I made up another Monthly Meal Plan for you. I hope it’s helping you get your meals planned, and relieving a little bit of stress from your day too!   Download the 2014 July Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 July Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 July  Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable)   If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to a recipe.   Since you always ask, here are some of our smoothie recipes, just click on an image below for a fabulous recipe! … [Read more...]

JUN
24
2014

Kindergarten Bible Verse Handwriting Worksheets

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Good day readers! Looking for some bible verse kindergarten handwriting worksheets? Look no further! Today I have a new addition to my K4 Kindergarten curriculum. As many of you know already, there is a weekly bible memory verse in the K4 Kindergarten curriculum. And I thought it would be a nice addition for students to practice handwriting while helping them remember their verse at the same time! So I’ve created these bible memory handwriting worksheets to go along with the curriculum!   What is included? There are 42 memory verses in this download to go along with my K4 Kindergarten curriculum. Each one includes the scripture reference, printed verse, and a traceable version of the verse for students. Not only will you be working on handwriting skills, but also getting the Word of God into their hearts as well!     --> DOWNLOAD the Kindergarten Memory Verse Handwriting Worksheets! <--   Note: If you’ve purchased the K4 Curriculum prior to … [Read more...]

JUN
23
2014

Kingdom Series by Chuck Black

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I had the pleasure of meeting an amazing author this weekend at the Rocky Mountain Super Conference! His name is Chuck Black and he has a series of books for younger readers (and honestly I loved them as well) that will blow your socks off!   The Kingdom Series: “Don your armor….Fasten your sword…Mount your Steed! And get ready to embark on an epic journey of biblical significance into a kingdom of warriors, battles, swords, villains, and knightly heroes!” The Kingdom Series books are a medieval adventure allegory of the entire bible that takes readers on an exciting journey over the course of 6 adventure packed books! Each book also includes discussion questions and answers that you can use to help your readers make the biblical connections and character traits through out the stories. After talking with Chuck for awhile and looking at his amazing books, I asked if I could do a review for his Kingdom Series, which I thought our kiddos would love! He agreed, … [Read more...]

JUN
22
2014

Little Women Literature Unit and Lapbook

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Buenos Dias! Today I have another fun Literature Unit Study and Lapbook for all of you fabulous homeschoolers seeking to make your school day more exciting! This one is on the classic Little Women. Hope you enjoy! Story Summary: The March sisters may not have much, but they still find ways to enjoy life, cherish moments together, and grow into amazing women! Meet Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth as they learn about life, friendship, and the power of love! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Little Women Classic Starts version as retold from the Louisa May Alcott original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the units using any version you choose. Watch my Little Women Lapbook Video to … [Read more...]

JUN
18
2014

Homemade Salsa Recipe

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I don’t know about you, but summer always leaves me craving fresh snacks! And so for today, I have a very simple Pico de Gallo recipe to share with you! It’s crisp, fresh, and muy bueno!   I know you all probably have a favorite recipe for pico de gallo, but I thought I’d share mine as well. I like to keep it simple, so the less ingredients I have to deal with the better! Let’s get started chopping shall we?   Ingredients: 1-2 tomatoes, diced 1 red or white onion, diced (I prefer red, but only had white today!) 2 sprigs fresh cilantro, finely chopped 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Splash of lime juice (Normally I would use half a lime and squeeze it in)     Directions: Chop everything up and mix it in a bowl!   Serve! Serve with tortilla chips, tacos, carnitas, and anything else you would like to add a little zing to! We like to just eat it plain with some crispy tortilla chips for a … [Read more...]

JUN
17
2014

K4 Kindergarten Activities

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Hi all! Looking for some kindergarten worksheets and activities for your 4-5 year old? Look no further! The Teeny Tot is well into our K4 Kindergarten curriculum and I wanted to share some of her day with you all!   Right now she does a mix of activities to work on a variety of skills each day. Everything you’ll see in this post comes with my K4 Kindergarten curriculum unless otherwise indicated. I also have a bunch of freebies on my Kindergarten Worksheets page too!   Beginning Sounds: In this activity she is working on her beginning sounds and lowercase letters. The curriculum comes with both upper and lowercase worksheets for her to practice. She says the sound that the letter on each line makes, then circles the pictures that also begin with that same letter sound.   Shapes: She’s also building a shapes booklet where she displays all of her shapes and traces over the written version of each shape as well. Sometimes she decorates them with crayon, marker, … [Read more...]

JUN
16
2014

Homeschooling 101: Preschool

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling preschool students.   Homeschooling Preschool Homeschooling a preschooler is probably one of the most exciting times. They’re excited to learn, and keeping school fun at this age is a must! While there aren’t any specific curriculum requirements for preschool, I encourage you to focus on creating a love of learning and keep your curriculum to the basics. Preschool is the perfect time to start because you and your child will have the opportunity to grow and learn together. In essence, preschool is a very forgiving year. It’s a time to try new things, enjoy time with your child, create fun art, make mistakes, change the way you do things, get a schedule figured out, and in a nutshell get acclimated to homeschooling. I like to use the preschool year to help students get used to a little more formal schedule without the pressure of having to do a certain amount of … [Read more...]